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Table of Contents
ROP description
Eugenics against oxygen
Slandering oxygen
Oxygen study frauds  
Alleged study results
Later deaths
Futility and harm
Fluorescent ROP lamps
Damaging irradiance
Preemie vulnerabilities
Studies of light and ROP
Frauds in LIGHT-ROP
Coverup stonewalling


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  Preemies go blind from nursery lights  


 but designers can prevent the harm


From Aesclepius Fall 1997

The Official Idea Letter of 
The Center for Health Design

Group Calls for Replacement of Fluorescent Lamps 

Each year, thousands of premature babies in neonatal intensive care units lose their sight to retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP.


According to a group called Prevent Blindness in Premature Babies, Inc. (PBPB), ROP is the leading cause of blindness in American children. This condition is preventable, says the group, by protecting premature babies from exposure to short- wavelength blue- violet light, which has not been proven safe for their eyes.


As a national, nonprofit organization of volunteers, PBPB is working to get hospitals to replace fluorescent lamps with incandescent lamps or else to filter out the most damaging wavelengths below about 500 nanometers.  Its recommended checklist of lighting design questions for hospitals is as follows:

What is the light level in the neonatal unit? How is it measured?

Is there any item used to filter out the damaging wavelengths?

Is there any possibility for a premature baby's eyes being exposed to the sun?

Are eye patches or covers the only protection from harsh nursery lighting?

"As parents, we feel there does not have to be absolute proof of harm before precautionary measures are taken," writes PBPB President Margaret Watson.


Posted with permission from Aesclepius.  Published in Fall 1997 by
The Center for Health Design
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